News in Brief 02 May 2016 (AM)

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In the Warga Dalal camp of Iraq, children improvise games. 22 October 2014. Credit: OCHA/Iason Athanasiadis

"Continuing bloodletting" in Iraq takes lives of 741 citizens in April

Terrorism, violence and armed conflict led to the deaths of 741 Iraqis last month, the UN mission in the country, UNAMI, has reported.

Of that number, 410 were civilians while 331 were members of various security forces and militia.

Meanwhile, more than 1,370 people were injured during April.

UNAMI said that overall, casualty figures were down from March, when over 1,100 people were killed.

The mission's chief, Ján Kubiš, has expressed his deep concern over what he called "the continuing bloodletting and loss of life."

Strong economic statistics to help Asia-Pacific meet development goals

Improving data quality in order to provide a more "complete picture" of development in Asia and the Pacific is the goal of the first Economic Statistics Week for the region.

Activities include a three-day seminar aimed at strengthening economic statistics to monitor sustainable development, which began on Monday in Bangkok.

The seminar is co-organized by the UN office for Asia-Pacific, ESCAP, which says data will be important for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 SDGs will guide global efforts to achieve a more equitable world by the year 2030.

Report highlights UN agency's support of sustainable development

The Paris Agreement on climate change is one of the reasons why 2015 will be remembered as "a turning point for the environmental agenda."

That's according to the man who heads the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner.

UNEP on Monday launched its 2015 Annual Report, which outlines the agency's work last year.

This included helping to mobilize billions of dollars to support renewable energy in African countries.

The report also shows how the agency helps to improve lives: for example, by supporting farmers in Colombia as they adapt to climate change, or by assisting with the development of sustainable rice standards to benefit farmers in Asia

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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